Stacy Ellen (F&M '05) realized during high school that she wanted to combine her love of Spanish with her goal of becoming a pediatrician. In fact, Stacy learned first hand how well a bilingual medical office could function from her optometrist. Walking into the office meant immersing oneself in bilingual medical literature, signs and language. All of the office staff, technicians and optometrists are bilingual.
Upon entering Franklin and Marshall, Stacy decided that she would continue learning Spanish in an effort to become fluent for the medical setting. She majored in both Spanish and biology. Through some networking, Stacy was able to begin volunteering as a Spanish interpreter in pediatrics at Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, NJ. The same year, Stacy had the opportunity to work with former F&M professor Roxana Delbene and fellow student Adam Thode (F&M '05) to form courses dedicated to Spanish and medicine, as well as relevant volunteer opportunities in Lancaster. Thanks to her volunteer experiences and coursework, Stacy began to work over breaks from college as a paid Spanish Interpreter in the Emergency Room.
Stacy began medical school in 2005 at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She served on the executive board of the medical Spanish club and taught intermediate medical Spanish to fellow students. She also worked as a "Bridging the Gaps" intern at a Spanish-speaking HIV-AIDS support center in North Philly in summer 2006. Stacy is thankful for all of the experience she has had with Spanish in medicine and is excited to graduate in May 2009 and finally become a "bilingual Pediatrician!"